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Keldon Johnson will “rip your soul out and eat it for lunch”

Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

Keldon Johnson has earned a reputation as an alpha dog for his no-holds barred play on the court, and as clips continue to trickle out from practice, we’re beginning to see why. Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans joined Aaron Torres on today’s KSR to talk about Kentucky’s roster, specifically, Keldon Johnson.

“When I think about the one guy I’m excited about seeing how he does next year, it’s Keldon Johnson just because, going back to that leader type, who was Kentucky’s leader last year? We still don’t know. Ashton Hagans and [Immanuel] Quickley are going to be two guys who aren’t afraid of the spotlight. Reid Travis is going to step in and, of course, bring — he’s 23 years old, probably? But Keldon Johnson is an alpha dog. He’s an outgoing guy that’s going to rip your soul out and eat it for lunch. He’s that kind of dude. That’s the kind of guy that Kentucky needs.”

These dunks from last night’s practice back that up:

Evans said Tyler Herro could be another missing piece the Cats didn’t have last season.

“I think maybe the most important [player] may be Tyler Herro. I hate to bring it up, but who’s going to make jump shots for Kentucky? Who was making those last year? That was the dilemma. It was like, let’s throw a party when Hamidou Diallo makes a jump shot. It opened up a new paradigm for Kentucky Basketball. Tyler Herro, if he can make jump shots consistently — he’s more of a midrange guy but if he can extend it be consistently a 38 percent guy from three-point range and Jemarl Baker comes in and does the same thing, that’s very crucial. That’s vital to the team’s ultimate basketball ceiling next year.”

And don’t forget about Reid Travis, whom Evans called Calipari’s response to the one-and-done fatigue.

“We can all poo-poo, Kentucky can’t win bc they’re one-and-done, but Reid Travis is Calipari’s response,” Evans said. “He’s a 6-9 guy who has been there, done that and is going to help level out things when things don’t go well for Kentucky next year. What more do you want?”

Giggity. I’ll add the audio from the podcast once it’s available.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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10 Comments for Keldon Johnson will “rip your soul out and eat it for lunch”

    12:21 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

    I’m anxious to see the dynamic between Travis and the Freshmen and very excited to watch Johnson grow and mature as a player this season. I got tired of PJ’s constant “mean mugging” last year and thankfully he outgrew it by the end of the season. I really, really, REALLY like my team!

    • gobble gobble
      1:32 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

      I was impressed with his speed, handle, and aggression in the the 1st vid moreso than the dunk itself.

  2. unbridled
    12:30 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

    Who was the defender trailing the play and sprinting down the floor? I like his hustle even though it sounds like he slapped Johnson’s arm and gave him an “and one.” Liked the hustle though.

  3. darthblue
    12:52 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

    all championship teams have a person who is the enforcer- hope he is the man…

  4. CombatMedic_98
    1:45 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

    Tyler Hero will probably be the ‘hero’ this year…not too much traffic about him though…not sure why!? ?

  5. KTR2786
    1:55 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

    MKG 2.0?

  6. Megan
    2:32 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

    He’ll rip your soul out and eat it for lunch. What he doesn’t finish he’ll put in the fridge. Tomorrow he’ll take it out and snack on it cold.

  7. CatManDo
    4:51 pm June 29, 2018 Permalink

    My goose bumps have sprouted goose bumps.